Ring In The New Year at this luxurious Ambergris Caye Resort in Belize

by Gisselle Hernandez

Nothing screams the ubiquitous “new year, new me” than sipping some bubbly while gazing at 360-degree views of the Belize Barrier Reef. This covetable scenery, along with that of a stunning infinity pool, can only be found at one of Belize’s most luxurious resorts: Alaia Belize. The award-winning Marriot-branded hotel is home to Ambergris Caye’s first rooftop bar and lounge. The adults-only bar will be the venue for Alaia’s first-ever New Year’s Eve Soiree on December 31st — and you’re invited. 

Ambergris Caye is already known to be Belize’s premier party island. Add an NYE fete to that reputation and you’ve already got an evening worth talking about for the rest of 2022. Reflecting on the past year above the rambunctious town of San Pedro, with bottle service and a live DJ to boot? Count us in! Alaia’s decadent suites and tasteful dining experiences on their own lure in guests in droves. Now, Vista Rooftop and its Piano Bar take the cake in opulence and classy revelry. 

Dinners fit for a king (and queen)

Before ringing in the new year in the lavish way it’s meant to, book a reservation for Alaia’s New Year’s Eve dinner at their on-site Sea Salt Restaurant. Bid adieu to 2021 by sitting down for a scrumptious four-course meal while listening to live music in the background. Have your fill of poached stone crabs, scallops & pork belly, and beef tomahawk all for only $105 (kids get half off!) Finish off with a bubbles toast, toasting to the new year ahead and the many more Belize memories to come. 

Rooftop Soiree worthy of the views

Head to Alaia’s Vista Rooftop for breathtaking sunset views painted over the Caribbean Sea. Adults get to enjoy the orange-hued vistas until 6 pm. But not to worry, secure your spot for the big midnight event by making a reservation for only $50.

You’ll have the rest of the night to gaze out onto the bar’s nearby infinity pool, which is suspended just above the hotel lobby. Keep the Asian cocktails coming while sharing small, intimate tapas with close (or newfound) friends. 

Want something even classier? Instead of greeting 2022 on the top floor, make your way to the Piano Bar where the house mixologist awaits with an array of molecular cocktails. The perfectly-mixed concoctions simply complement the live music emanating from the talented pianist. 

A Resort Deserving of New Year’s Resolutions 


The living room of a beachfront villa. Image courtesy Alaia Belize

Alaia may be welcoming its first holiday season since opening its doors in 2021, but you can still enjoy all the luxe amenities the Belize resort offers in 2022. After all, visiting this small country should already be a goal you have in the new year. Might as well extend that resolution to becoming the best version of yourself at a resort that has your well-being top of mind. As well all enter a year we hope shows a semblance of normal, it’s time we focused on more meaningful and mindful travel. The latter is easily found at Alaia, where the resort is the epitome of self-care. 

Alaia’s K’in Spa and Wellness Center is just one of the ways the hotel helps you to achieve total body and mind wellness. Their treatment draws from the rich cultural heritage of Belize, using indigenous ingredients. Treat yourself to somebody therapy, skin therapy, or just a good ol’ fashioned mani-pedi. By the time your spirit and body have been revitalized, you will truly be fulfilling the “new year, new me” mandate. 

All images courtesy of Alaia Belize 

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